London Day 8: British Museum – Part 1

With the expiry of our London City Pass, we dedicated the remaining days on museums which entrance is free.

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If you only have time for one museum, British Museum will be the one. It is the oldest public museum in the world. The main entrance features a Greek facade that was based closely on those of the temple of Athena Polias.

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The Great Court is the largest covered public space in Europe; it was once an outside courtyard.

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There was a small exhibition of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater 3D paper architectures in the Great Court.

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We started of with the department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. One of the famous exhibit is the Rosetta Stone. It is written in three languages, which enabled experts to decode Egyptian hieroglyphs for the first time. Continue reading

London Day 8: Breakfast at Dulce Cafe

We started day 8 with breakfast at Dulce Cafe. We found the cafe along Whitechapel High Street which is where the nearest underground station to our hotel is located; the Aldgate East.

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Dulce Cafe is a busy breakfast stopover for many on their way to work. Most of their customers have their breakfast to go.

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We started our day with lattes.

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I had the above Toast with ham topped with a layer of cheesy topping. It came with a side salad.

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Ben had a full English breakfast. He prefers savory breakfast.

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The English breakfast also came with buttered toast. It was a very filing breakfast.

Our breakfast came to 12 pounds.

After breakfast, we explored the nearby Petticoat Lane Market. It is a fashion and clothing market. There are some food trucks too. But the vendors were just started to open their business and get organized. We did not get to see much.

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London Day 7: Transport Museum

We still have a few hours to spare before sun down. So, we looked up the London Pass guide for another place to visit to maximize its value.

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We decided to go to the London Transportation Museum since the London Underground will be celebrating its 150 years in 2013.

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London Transport Museum brings the story of London’s transport and its impact on London into the 21st century.

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Horse-drawn omnibus. Continue reading

London Day 7: Stroll Down Victoria Embankment

Upon returning from Hampton Court to Waterloo, Ben decided to take a walk down the Victoria Embankment since it’s nearby. Victoria Embankment is the narrow sliver of a public park, created when the Embankment was built.

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Crossing the Waterloo Bridge to go to Victoria Embankment.

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View of Thames River with Waterloo Bridge in the foreground and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background from the Victoria Embankment.

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Decorative benches. Continue reading

London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 5

There are several gardens surrounding the Hampton Court Palace.

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A view of the Privy Garden from the King’s apartment. The Privy Garden is the King’s private garden.

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The Great Fountain Garden. This garden was added by William III and Mary II. Only one of the thirteen fountains survives.

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The large yew trees were planted by Queen Anne. Continue reading

London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 3

We caught a couple of Tudor characters in the Base Court before entering Henry VIII’s apartments.

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They are actors for the re-enactment of “The Ambassadors Arrive” show at 11:30am.

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The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace was used for ceremony and entertainments. The Great Hall features a carved hammer-beam roof, typical of English Gothic architecture.

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Extravagant tapestries decorated the walls of the Great Hall. Continue reading

London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 2

Hampton Court was built in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey. It was originally built as Wolsey’s riverside country house. Wolsey is an Archbishop of York to Henry VIII.

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The architecture of Hampton Court is of Tudor era with turrets, gables and chimneys.

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Gargoyles decorated the front entrance of Hampton Court Palace. The above is a  dragon gargoyle.

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A Lion gargoyle. Continue reading

London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 1

Day 7 was the last day for us to use our London City Pass. We decided to venture out of the city to visit Hampton Court Palace which is included in the London City Pass.

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We took the Southwest Train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The train ride costs 7.20 pounds one way for both of us. It’s slightly cheaper for return ticket. We made it just in time for the 10:06 train.

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The train was not full. Plenty of seats to choose from.

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The train from Waterloo to Hampton Court takes 40 minutes. Continue reading